Awards season is here and we’re pumped to medal up. EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, now in its 32nd year, is the big prize to honor entrepreneurs in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who demonstrate extraordinary success in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment. The benefits that past participants have experienced? Accreditation, exposure, recognition, mentoring and public relations.
Here’s some of the coverage from last year’s events across California:
- LA entrepreneurs in the hot seat for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (FOX 11)
- He’s building virtual roads to wellness (LA Times)
- Orange County’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year winners announced (Orange County Register)
- On The Scene: Business Matters (Modern Luxury Silicon Valley)
The program is focused on diversity and inclusiveness: Anyone can nominate anyone. Many of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year participants are nominated by proud colleagues, their vendors or admirers, who think recognition is due, and self-nominations are encouraged. Learn more or submit a nomination today. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 9, 2018.
Olmstead Williams Communications is a proud sponsor for Entrepreneur Of The Year, but that’s not the only reason we love the program. We’re cheerleaders for award programs that offer a spotlight to our clients. Awards are one more way to raise your company’s profile and generate news. Here is a sampling of the honors/achievements we are submitting for our clients:
- Inc. 5000 list
- Fast Company’s Innovation By Design Awards
- Entrepreneur’s Entrepreneur 360 list
- M&A Advisor Awards
- Becker’s 250+ telehealth companies to know in 2018
There is an awards program that will help drive your business forward. We’re here to discuss these and other programs.
FanWide, a startup which helps users find “viewing parties” for their favorite college or pro sports teams, anywhere they live or travel, has won a the $10,000 prize in the HYPE Sports Innovation competition, held last week at the University of Southern California. According to HYPE, the competition, held in conjunction with USC’s Marshall School of Business and Silicon Valley Bank, was aimed at finding the most disruptive technology likely to shape the future of basketball.
Read the full article: FanWide Wins $10,000 Sports Startup Competition At USC (socalTECH)
Although managing your 401k was pretty easy when stocks could only seem to go in one direction, you’ll likely react differently when stocks shift unpredictably, or even fall. Fortunately, there are strategies that you can use to manage your portfolio in times of trouble. Miramontes Capital’s Sid Miramontes recently gave GoBankingRates tips to keep in mind to take advantage of market volatility.
“Through thick and thin, bonds go far in giving your portfolio stability,” said Sid Miramontes, founder and CEO of Miramontes Capital. “Compared to stocks that take a beating in a downturn, bond investments fare much better.”
Read the full article: Smart Moves for Your Retirement Savings in a Volatile Market (GoBankingRates)
Tax season is here, and many people want to ensure their refund gets to them on time. Alabama is leading the way with a program that ensures your refund ends up in your wallet and not someone else’s.
The app is called Alabama E-ID. Once you download the app, you take a picture of your driver’s license or state ID card. You then take a selfie within the app, which is then compared to the photo used on your driver’s license picture. Once you take the selfie, your E-ID is activated. From there, you register your E-ID with the state department of revenue.
See the full article: If you can take a selfie, you can protect your state tax refund (ABC 3340)
Alabama Department of Revenue and IDEMIA have partnered together to release an app to protect residents against tax refund theft.
“We’re just at the tip of the iceberg,” said Mark DiFraia, vice president of IDEMIA’s Digital Identity. “We see eID [electronic ID] playing a big role in electronic government and digital transformation at the state level across the nation.”
DiFraia said Alabama is the first state in the country to offer this technology.
Read the full article: Alabama uses facial recognition to stop tax fraud (The Crimson White)
CURE Pharmaceutical has named Vered Gigi as vice president of strategy and business development. The appointment is part of a larger push to build out partnerships within the pharmaceutical industry and test new indications for the company’s primary product.
“CURE has been on stealth mode for a while, developing the technology and the intellectual property,” Gigi said. “Now we’re really moving into phase two of growth and expansion to bring our product to market.”
Read the full article here. (San Fernando Valley Business Journal)
Fasten your media seat belt for 2018, communication of all kinds is stronger than ever. Despite warnings and howls, facts still have impact and new platforms have learned how to deal with a hostile environment. Rumors get corrected. Spin is detected. New voices are heard whether we like it or not, which is how things are supposed to be. Though America is a free-for-all and this year every business need to be among the “all,” now more than ever before, it really is “lead, follow or get out of the way.”
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Here’s what every company needs to know for the New Year:
Earned media is on the rise (really). According to Forrester Research, we are living through a fundamental reassessment of the role of advertising and editorial coverage. Earned media, like news stories and features, is more measurable and effective than ever before. Consumers are increasingly wanting to connect with people and stories, which presents an opportunity for editorial coverage. Eighty-one percent of senior marketers still believe that earned media is more effective than paid media.
Mobile and online consumption has new breadth of reach. In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults get news online (either via mobile or desktop). According to the Pew Research Center, there are now many different audience strategies that news outlets use, through newsletters, original podcasts and allowing comments on their articles. By 2017, 61 percent of these highest-traffic digital-native news outlets had apps for at least one of the two main mobile operating systems (iOS and Android).
The crackdown on false news proves fruitful. A recent study reported by The New York Times reveals that propaganda and outright lies have a wide reach but reduced impact. “For all the hype about fake news, it’s important to recognize that it reached only a subset of Americans, and most of the ones it was reaching already were intense partisans,” according to Dr. Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College, who led the study. This year, we’ll see powerhouses like Facebook and Google continue to battle false news. Facebook will use its Related Articles tool to combat misinformation in the News Feed. Meanwhile, future leaders are taking matters into their own hands — right from the classroom.
The New Year has already brought media firestorms, but the trend is toward verification and fact. As always, the most powerful tool in business is an accurate message delivered with a clear voice. That is our mission and passion. Let us know how we can help you prepare for any potential issues that may come this year. Wishing you a prosperous 2018!
TaskUs CEO Bryce Maddock was recently interviewed by Middle Market’s Executive Kraege, who’s also the co-founder and CEO of MOBI. Once upon a time the word “outsourcing” was associated with such dry cleaned, stodgy corporate monikers as EDS, IBM and CSC. No more. Maddock reveals the outsourcer’s unconventional first growth chapter and the unique business dynamics that would lead a cluster of the high tech startups to leverage.
“We are taking our company global. We’re answering adding more locations in the U.S., more locations in Latin America. And we’re expanding our services in the realm of consulting,” said Maddock regarding what’s next for the company.
Listen to the full podcast here.
CURE Pharmaceutical, an innovative drug delivery and development company, today named Dr. Vered Gigi, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Dr. Gigi will oversee CURE’s strategy to deliver sustained growth and diversified revenue.
“The CURE team and the technology offer a clear path to a better and much needed patient experience with medications,” said Dr. Vered Gigi. “I am thrilled to be a part of this group to improve the efficacy and safety of new and existing drugs.”
Read full articles:
CURE Pharmaceutical Adds New VP of Strategy and Business Development (Healthcare Dive)
CURE Pharmaceutical Adds New VP of Strategy and Business Development (FirstWord Pharma)
Piracy is one of the main headaches that digital distribution brings to media and entertainment. Linius hopes to become the remedy to that. Linius uses blockchain and it calls its “video virtualization technology” to solve piracy woes, build in payment gateways, and rectify ways to better automate and systematize royalties and more.
“Basically what Linius does is we virtualize video,” said CEO Chris Richardson. “What video virtualization does is it separates the actual data of the video, the ones and zeros that make up the codec where you put a red dot here, green dot here, play some sound, whatever it may be, from the piece of the video that represents the play out, the actual video itself. Once you separate those things, the video part that you play out becomes a very tiny file, about the size of a text file, a large text message for example.”
Read the full article: Blockchain Is Key To Linius Technologies Effort To Combat Video Piracy (BlockTribune)